Sew fun!

I signed myself up for a five part beginning sewing class a few weeks back when I had more free time on my hands and my 1,200 person event wasn’t fully looming on the horizon. Our first project was a nifty canvas tote that I totally rocked at. I was hooked. I was excited. I had found my new hobby!

Fast forward a few weeks, with the Luncheon shortly behind me….I’m exhausted. I’m worn out. I needed days where there was nothing I needed to do but relax…..and suddenly my iphone reminder for my sewing class pops up. Argh. Crap. Ugh. This is the last thing I want to do. I make a quick jaunt to the fabric store to pick up my supplies and rush to my three hour class in a totally bad mood. I DO NOT WANT TO BE HERE.

Then we turn on our machines and sewing begins to happen and colorful, zippered bags start to take form. I’m hooked again. I’m happy. I’m having so much fun that the three hours fly by and I end up with this:

Pretty, darn cool if you ask me! That’s a zipped pouch, fully lined with a touch of embroidery natch. This is the hardest class in the series and if you ask me, I think I rocked it out 🙂 I also learned that there’s a late night open sewing workshop twice per month, where you can sew whatever your heart desires AND use their uber nice sewing machines. OMG. More zippered pouches to come!
If you are looking for a good, entry level class series, check them out at Quality Sewing & Vacuum. They’ve got locations all over the Seattle area though teacher Jamie in the Kirkland location is pretty darn good :-)


The story of our lives. Selling a home really is all consuming. Showing need to be scheduled, floors need to be vacuumed and dogs needs to be put away as to not to scare off potential buyers. Ugh. I can’t wait until we’re in contract and I don’t have to keep the house spotless 24/7.


The finished product.

FINALLY. The backsplash is in and we can fully enjoy our new butcher block countertops. Things are looking mighty fly around here! So fly, in fact, that we’re listing the condo for sale this week! So much for that enjoyment part….


Sew what?

I cashed in a Groupon at the very last minute last weekend for a sewing class. I tots wasn’t really feeling it at first and ALMOST ditched class….man, I’m so glad that I didn’t! I’d always wanted to learn how to sew; I’d messed around on our family machine off and on, but nothing ever came out very well.  Curtain hemming was my level of expertise. Womp, womp.

I spent 3 hours that Sunday learning how to make this tote bag, which I fully lined too! I admit, the tote is not really my style and you’ll probably never see me rockin’ it. But what it lacks in style, I gained in sewing confidence! I was so excited that I caught on so fast that I signed myself up for 3 more classes. I’ve also been pinning items like a fool. I can’t wait to tackle some projects on my own! Now I just need to get one of them sewing machines……..


Oh John.

We had the meanest, nastiest toilet west of the Mississippi. Seriously people. It was located in this dark, swampy corner of our bathroom and whatever quick fixes we tried seemed to make it worse. So worse, in fact, that I was consistently worried about falling through the floor. Eek! I knew that this was going to be one of the first major projects I had lined up as soon as I found myself a handyman. And Jesus, finding a decent handyman was, in itself, a huge project! It’s a lost art I tell ya!

It’s highly likely that this was THE original toilet from when the condos were built back in the late 70s. This was later confirmed by my newly appointed handyman – poor guy. Holy crap. Literally. And get this, this was a wall mounted toilet – a what? A wall mounted toilet, which means not only were we replacing the old toilet but we were redoing some maj plumbing. And you know what maj plumbing means $$$$ Ugh.

But it had to be done so I bit the bullet and 10 hours of labor revealed this shiny new bad boy complete with replaced pieces of rotted wall, re-texturizing and paint! I was really impressed with the finished product and the formerly swampy corner is now dry as a bone. I still have some tiles to fix but man, what a relief it was getting this fixed. I’m going to give my handyman a week to recover from this project the it’s on to the next!

Have you conquered any scary projects lately?

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